Blog Profile / Greg Mankiw's Blog

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A Feature, Not a Bug

A few weeks ago, a poll asked people what were the first words that they thought of when they heard the names of the various presidential candidates. For Hillary Clinton, "liar" and "untrustworthy" ranked high. Many commentators sawShow More Summary

Olivier Blanchard

A profile (though I doubt the headline applies to readers of this blog).

What I am doing today

Today, I am wearing my political theory hat. If you happen to be a student at Brown, you can find me here.

Hillary's Plan for Pharmaceuticals

Maybe good politics, but not good economics, says Megan McArdle.

Nobel Predictions

Thomson Reuters points to Blundell, List, and Manski.

Feel-the-Bern Fiscal Policy

From the Wall Street Journal (news article, not editorial page): Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose liberal call to action has propelled his long-shot presidential campaign, is proposing an array of new programs that would amount to the largest peacetime expansion of government in modern American history. Show More Summary

What to do when the natural rate of interest declines

Increase the inflation target, according to this new paper, which uses the dynamic model of aggregate demand and aggregate supply from my favorite intermediate macroeconomics textbook.

Twelve reasons to like Jeb’s tax plan

Jeb Bush has released a tax plan. Here are some elements of it that I find attractive: It lowers the top rate on personal income to 28 percent, the same rate as the bipartisan 1986 tax reform. It broadens the base by capping the use of itemized deductions. Show More Summary

A Career in Economics

A career in's much more than you think from American Economic Association on Vimeo.

An Unlikely Sentence

"Blanchard, Mankiw, and Romer are all in the Wu-Tang Clan."From Dietz Vollrath, an economics professor at the University of Houston, in his Hip-Hop History of Macro.

Textbooks are a bargain

Compared with Harvard tuition, that is, according to Irwin Collier: Excerpts from the Harvard Catalogue for 1874-75 with principal texts.... Incidentally, one finds that annual fees for a full course load at Harvard ran $120/year and a copy of John Stuart Mill’s Principles cost $2.50. Show More Summary


If you are looking for a new binge-worthy TV drama (and you have already seen The Affair from last year, the best recent TV show), let me recommend Bloodline. Set in the Florida keys, it is the story of a seemingly successful but actually dysfunctional family and what happens when the black-sheep son returns. The full first season was released by Netflix just a few months ago.

How Not to Pass a Carbon Tax

As long-time readers of this blog know, I have long advocated greater use of Pigovian taxes, such as taxes on carbon emissions. Such taxes can correct incentives by aligning private and social costs, and the revenue from such taxes can...Show More Summary

Milton Friedman on Politics

From this collection of Milton Friedman quotations, here is one I had not heard before:“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Show More Summary

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